January 2nd, 2013
Hawaii's waves are legendary. There are three basic swell sources that can reach Hawaii's shores from all directions: the east-northeast trade winds, the North Pacific lows, and the South Pacific (Southern Hemisphere) lows. Hurricanes and Kona winds from the local southwest can also create high surf during the winter, although surf from these two sources are not common in Hawaii.
During the winter months in Hawaii, hurricane strength storms build in the North Pacific off the eastern coast of Japan and Alaska’s Aleutian Islands. These strong winds are often hurricane force and these waves only have to travel about 3,000 miles to reach Hawaii (which is the first landmass they hit...no interruptions from when they ere generated). Consequently, the waves hit Hawaii with great force and create waves and surf that can exceed 30, 40, or even 60 feet in height.
Some of the most notable waves in Hawaii include the Bonzai Pipeline, Sunset Beach, Waimea, Honolua Bay, Jaws, Hanalei Bay, Makaha, Waikiki Beach, and more!
February 24th, 2012
Cool Volcanic Facts about Hawaii! Check out our images of Volcanoes at this link.
The Hawaiian Islands are composed entirely of volcanic rock. The craters and mountains we see above land are merely a fraction of the enormous volcanic topography that is resting thousands of feet below the ocean's surface.
With a total of 13 volcanoes throughout the Islands, they are a common site for locals. The Big Island of Hawaii holds 7 volcanoes total, there are 2 volcanoes each on Maui, Molokai and Oahu.
Here on Oahu, the landmarks we are known for such as Diamond Head, Hanauma Bay and Koko Crater are all merely volcanic features of the Koolau volcano that makes up about two thirds of the island. The Waianae volcano is much taller than Koolau, as well as older, and towers over the windward side of Oahu.
Big Island's Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park is home to two of the world's most active volcanoes: Mauna Loa and Kilauea
Mauna Loa most recently erupted in 1984, but since its first eruption in 1843 has erupted 34 times. Kilauea has been continuously erupting since 1983 and 250,000 to 650,000 cubic yards of lava are currently flowing from the volcano every day.
The park has 3 other volcanoes; Kohala is the oldest on the island and has been extinct for thousands of years, Mauna Kea has not erupted for over 3,600 years but is still considered dormant, lastly Hualalai is also considered active but has only erupted 7 times within the last 2,100 years, the last eruption was in 1801.
August 15th, 2011
"As they all say, I came to Hawaii and never left."
That was 1973, since then Joe Carini has documented Hawaii, Asia & the South Pacific. Carini's love for photography started right out of college photographing weddings, class portraits and the like, but the desire to see and do more made him quit his job and start traveling, ending up in Hawaii. Since then he has garnered numerous credits and magazine covers from the likes of German magazines: GEO and MERIAN, in addition to numerous books and local magazines. He also participated in a book project along with 50 other international photographers titled SEVEN DAYS IN THE KINGDOM and also won a Honorable Mention and bronze medal from NIKON International. Joe's collection ranges from his stunning nature imagery to his breathtaking images from his tours of South East Asia and the Pacific Islands.
All of us at Printscapes.com eagerly await Joes submissions because they give us the opportunity to experience the world and all its natural beauty through the eyes of an extremely talented artist!
"I've been doing this for years and don't see a reason to stop." -Carini
Be sure to check out Joe's entire collection: tinyurl.com/JoeCarini
August 8th, 2011
David Fleetham is one of the most published underwater photographers in the world. He began diving and photographing underwater in 1976 and has been in Hawaii since 1986. For the first ten years he photographed in the cold, but rich waters of British Columbia, Canada, and worked as a PADI Instructor and USCG Certified boat captain in various dive businesses in the Pacific Northwest and Hawaii. From Hawaii, David has been on assignments to, Indonesia, The Galapagos Islands, South Africa, The Bahamas, Micronesia, Australia, the Sea of Cortez, the Red Sea, the Socorro Islands, numerous locations in the South Pacific and Caribbean, and back to the cold waters of British Columbia.
David's photographs have been published around the globe, with over two hundred magazine covers to date. In 1991 his photograph of a sandbar shark appeared on the cover of LIFE. It is the only underwater image to ever be published on the cover. His award winning work has been published by National Geographic (he has done several assignments for The NGS), The Cousteau Society, and every North American diving publication. Galleries and agents in over 50 countries reproduce David’s images thousands and thousand of times each year. The American Museum of Natural History, The Smithsonian Museum, The North Carolina Museum of Natural History, The London Zoo, Hong Kong Museum, The Maui Ocean Center, The Waikiki, Vancouver, Monterey Bay, New Jersey State, Ripley’s and the Aquarium of the Americas all display his work.
David is a founding member of the Ocean Artists Society, who’s members include James Cameron, Wyland, David Doubilet and Al Giddings.
David photographs exclusively Canon EOS Digital SLR camera's, in Ikelite housings, with twin Ikelite Substrobes.
To view all David's images, please view this link